Parma FC is a club based in the City of Parma, located in the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy.
Ennio Tardini Stadium
Ennio Tardini Stadium
Parma counts 198,000 inhabitants in the municipality and over 452,000 in its province.
***According to the latest news and rumors, Parma FC is going to follow an experience similar to the projects realized by other clubs such as Atalanta, Udinese, Bologna.
Ennio Tardini Stadium in its current state
Ennio Tardini Stadium in its current state
President Pietro Pizzarotti: "A great 2019 draws to a close. Now into securing safety and restructuring the Tardini".
Dear all Crociati fans,
2019 is drawing to a close. It has been a year full of emotion, joy and unforgettable moments that will forever remain in this side’s history. Because even though 16 December 1913 was the day that our team was born, with the name Parma being known for the following 106 years across Italy and the world, the latest chapter of this Club’s history began on 27 July 2015. The day when we rose from the ashes of our failure with passion, commitment and the desire to overcome every obstable in our way as we began our climb out of Serie D. The three consecutive promotions that followed were unprecedented in Italian football, and staying up last year was one of the most valuable achievements of our recent past. It was by no means a given, and achieving that goal of staying in the top flight allowed us to be at ease in our work this summer.
We have illustrated our three-year project on a number of occasions: rejuvenate the squad, sign new players, increase our quality and begin a path of consolidation and growth necessary for those who, like us, have climbed up the leagues quickly and want to fight with tooth and nail to maintain what they have achieved on the pitch.
However fundamental, managing to stay up was not the only thing that we can be proud of this year. In 2019 so much work took place off the pitch. For example, the Collecchio Training Centre was the subject of many different investments with further restructuring work on different areas of the facility taking place, like the renovation of the training pitches, along with a long series of structural improvements with different strategical aims. This work was not just for the First Team, with the restructuring of the Youth Sector areas also planned for 2020. At the same time, we have also restructured the guesthouse that hosts roughly twenty young athletes belonging to the Youth Sector, an area of the Club that deserves plenty of praise for its good work. Five years ago we really started from scratch, and giant steps have been taken thanks to an increasingly complete and professional organisation, without forgetting the investments which have allowed the acquisition of several young talents with great prospects, who now all have the chance to develop in our colours.
At an organisational level we have expanded the group of people who work for our Club in all areas. For example, the scouting area has been significantly strengthened, both with the recruitment of top-level professionals and with important reorganisation and investments dedicated to the tools and software needed for our scouts to operate at their best, in a world where big data will soon dominate sports analysis. Our future also depends on these development processes. The enrichment of the team of professionals in different areas (strategy, finance, etc.) working for our company has also allowed us to increase the quality of our work and our programming capacity.
We are often asked questions about the future of Parma, and we believe that there is no better way to answer them than through transparency and clarity of objectives, just as it has been since day one.
We have always reiterated that we do not want to be and cannot be professional sports entrepreneurs, and that the role of a composite group of members such as ours could only be to rekindle the spark of football in Parma, and to bring the team back to a level appropriate to its glorious history. For this reason, when we identify a reliable and motivated partner with the ability to invest in our Club in the medium and long term to improve what is being done, we would be the first to favour this solution. But until these conditions are met, we will continue to run this Club with enormous respect and a great sense of responsibility, thinking in a multi-year and medium-term perspective. Because if you don’t know where and what you want to be in three or five years, then you’re not even able to make the right decisions right now.
In this regard, we are convinced that the time is absolutely ripe in Parma for a thorough renovation of our home. Which is and will remain the Stadio Tardini, in its current location at the centre of our city. It is a project we have been working on for a long time, in total harmony and understanding with the City of Parma and a pool of first-class professionals. The Stadio Tardini we are working on foresees the covering of both curves, the complete refurbishment of the current East stand, together with a substantial renewal of the different sectors and the general structure. We want to carry out the renovation of our home in the best way and in a short time compared to Italian standards, with work carried out in several steps that will allow us to keep the stadium usable. The next step will be to present the detailed project to the Municipal Administration and the entire community, in order to request a long-term concession, which is essential for the work to be financed entirely by the private sector without burdening the community in any way.
Also in this area, in a world of too many announcements, we would like to let the facts speak for themselves. We are committed to this project and we really hope to be able to achieve something that Parma fans have been dreaming of for a long time. The Stadio Tardini, our home, must become a modern, comfortable and usable space for our supporters, fans and citizens of Parma seven days a week, with events and activities that enhance its sporting vocation for the benefit of our entire community.
As I said before, 2019 is drawing to a close. Now a new year begins, and in a few days our season will get back underway. It is important to underline the great work that our Sporting Director Daniele Faggiano, our Coach Roberto D’Aversa, the players and the staff are doing. The first part of this season has brought us a lot of satisfaction, and what remains can only be conquered with hard work, ideas and the desire to bring home positive results. But now another season begins, and we absolutely must not let our guard down. Last year we learned that Serie A has pitfalls around the corner that can be really difficult to overcome. That’s why I repeat: let’s keep absolutely focused on our targets and continue the work we’ve started to secure safety as soon as possible. To achieve this we must continue to be one true group, united and compact: the fans, who are always by our side, employees, managers, staff and players.
The New Year is right around the corner. Forza Crociati, let’s keep going and achieve our goals through hard work, sweat and determination!
President Pietro Pizzarotti